Sunday, May 9, 2010
Days 4-5 in Africa: Soumbedioune and Medina
Our portable printer problems took us to an electronics store in Medina--a Dakar suburb. Having been told that traditional jewelry and dress would be found more abundance in suburbs of Dakar, we decided to make lemonade out of our HP lemon, and make the most of our electronics excursion, by looking out for Bijouteries on our way to the shop. We stumbled across a veritable goldmine! Lots of older style jewelry and bijoutiers who have had the traditional jewelry-making techniques passed down to them by there grandfathers or maitres.
The next day we met a young man who was kind enough to show us around the small hut enclave of artisans in Soumbedioune. It was such a beautiful day, and we had such a wonderful time meeting with the locals, making new friends and interviewing women about their traditions--the ceremonies they've attended and the jewelry they wear to those ceremonies.